For several years I’ve been using midPhase to host a handful of domains and subdomains, most of which are WordPress blogs. I have a lot of large media files but not a great deal of traffic or anything very intensive.
Recently one domain (my personal blog) has gotten slammed by spambots. The WP plug-in Akismet prevented the spam from appearing on my site, but the sheer volume of traffic brought the server to its knees. They suspended my account until I installed the Bad Behavior plug-in, which I thought would fix the problem – but it did not. This particular site continued to get massive numbers of connections, presumably from spambots hitting wp-comments-post.php.
My host suspended my account again. They want me to upgrade from my $12/month shared hosting plan to a $50/month shared hosting plan. This seems ridiculous for a handful of sites that generate virtually no income and are really not very popular in the big scheme of things.
I was disappointed by my host’s customer service throughout this debacle. I am contemplating a move to DreamHost for that reason alone.
But, I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts about the spambot issue. If I move the domain in question to DreamHost will I just have the same problem again? Has anyone reading this had comparable problems, and was DreamHost able to provide help?